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CONTENTS                           vii
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Khorasan under the Caliphate of Omar II., A.H. 99-101 (717-720)
—The Reign ofYezid II., A.H. 101-105 (72°-724)—The Abbasid
Propaganda—The Rebellion of Zayd, A.H. 122 (740)—The
Caliphate of Hisham, A.H. 105-125 (724-743)—Welid II. and
Yczid III., A.H. 125-126 (743-744)—The Rebellion of Ibn Muavia,
A.H. 126-129 (744"747)—T^e Raising of the Black Standard
in Khorasan, A.H, 129 (747)—The Battle of the Great Zab, A.H.
132 (750)—The Condition of Persia under the Omayyad Dynasty.
CHAPTER XLIX
PERSIAN ASCENDANCY IN THE EARLY ABBASID PERIOD     .            .61
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The End of Moslem Unity—The Accession of Abul Abbas,
A.H. 132 (749)—The Massacre of the Omayyads—The Reign of
Abul Abbas and his Death, A.H. 136 (754)—Abu Jafar, Mansur,
A.H, 136-158 (754-775)—The Execution of Abu Muslim, A.H. 137
(754)—The Rebellions in Persia, A.H. 138 (756), and A.H. 141-143
(758-760)—The Ravandis, A.H. 141 (758)—The Rebellion of the
Descendants of Hasan, A.H. 144 (761)—* The Foundation of
Baghdad, A.H. 145 (762)—The Rising at Herat, A.H. 150 (767)—
Persian Influence under Mansur—Mehdi, A.H. 158-169 (775-785)
—The Veiled Prophet of Khorasan, A.H, 158-161 (774-777)—
Hadi, A.H. 169-170 (785-786).
CHAPTER L
THE GOLDKN AGE OF ISLAM     .            .            .            .            ,68
The Splendour of Haroun-al-Rashid, A.H. 170-193 (786-809)
—The Hasanite Prince of Daylam, A.H. 176 (792)—The Downfall
of the Barmecides—The Death of Haroun-al-Rashid, A.H. 193 (809)
—Amin and Mamun, A.H. 193-198 (808-813)—Mamun pro-
claimed Caliph of the East, A.H, 196 (811)—The Campaigns of
Tahir the Ambidextrous and the Death of Amin—Rebellions in
the Western Half of the Caliphate, A.H. 198-201 (813-8x6)—The
Proclamation of AH Riza as Heir-Apparent, A.H. 201 (817)—His
Sudden Death, A.H. 203 (818)—Tahir, Viceroy of the East, A.H.
204-207 (819-822)—The Later Years of Mamun and his Death,,
^\.H. 218 (833)—The Arts, Science, and Literature under Mamun
—Moslem Exploration and Geography—The Mutazila Sect—
Motasim, A.H. 218-227 (833-842)—The Mamelukes and the-
Founding of Samarra—The Revolt of the Jatt or Gypsies—The
Capture of Babek, A,H. 222 (837)—The Campaign against the
Greeks, A.H. 223 (838)—The Later Years of Motasim's Reign—
Wuthik, A.H. 227-232 (842-847),
CHAPTER LI
THE DKCAY OF THK  CALXFHATK AND THE  REVIVAL OF PERSIAN
INDEPENDENCE        .            .            .            .            -                   82
The Orthodox Reaction under Mutawakkil, A.H. 232-247 (847-
S6i)—The Palace of Samarra and the Cypress of Kishmar—The
Tahiri Dynasty, A.H. 205-259 (820-872)—A Period of Anarchy,
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